In the third in the series, Gen Hall, our SoEd Belonging Lead, focuses on thoughts for building an online community.
In a recent New York Times article “The Coronavirus Crisis Is Showing Us How to Live Online”, Kevin Roose makes some interesting points to consider:
- If there is a silver lining in this crisis, it may be that the virus is forcing us to use the internet as it was always meant to be used: to connect with one another, share information and resources, and come up with collective solutions to urgent problems.
- We are seeing an explosion of creativity as people try to use technology as a bridge across physical distances. For example in Australia online choirs have sprung up such as the Aussie Pops Orchestra https://youtu.be/-Hc_1c_Ask0
- If used the right way, digital tools can help to strengthen our real-world ties. For example on Twitter there has been a huge amount of collaboration, support and sharing of resources between educators from every sector, both locally and internationally.